Headquarters Bulawayo District
HEADQUARTERS Bulawayo District, formerly Llewellin Barracks was named Imbizo Barracks deriving the name from the historical background of the land on which this headquarters was built and the activities of the general area.
King Lobengula was well known in the kingdom and beyond for his military skillfulness and ability. Imbizo was King Lobengula’s crack force that was set up after his coronation in 1870.
Headquarters Bulawayo District or Imbizo Barracks popularly known as Llewellin or Heany Barracks being colonial era names is a military institution located 22 kilometres east of Bulawayo along the Bulawayo – Harare Road
Headquarters Bulawayo District commands and administers these schools in order to achieve the ZDF training objectives. The schools do not train ZDF members only but also other uniformed forces from our sister units namely Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services and Allied Forces of the Namibian Defence Forces. Zimbabwe Military Academy/Recruit Training
Depot Imbizo Barracks is home and administration hub of major training of all ZNA soldiers in various military schools.
The moulding of soldiers begins at Ibumba Lebutho at the Recruiting Training Depot and the Zimbabwe Military Academy in Gweru, the only two official entry points into the ZNA. The two institutions have a role to transform a person from a civilian into a soldier. The ZMA is responsible for training of officer cadets, potential officers and basic officers. RTD Recruit Training Depot is responsible for the training of general duty soldiers.
Zimbabwe School of Infantry It is responsible for training non-commissioned officers and it also ensures that the quality and standards are maintained and match with the new technological developments. This school is located 65km along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge road.
This explains the massive work the command element that Bulawayo District is entrusted with. The current commander of Bulawayo Colonel Rantham Moyo who took over from Brigadier General Exsebious Vusa Tshuma and is deputised by Lieutenant Colonel Tsomeka is in charge of the day to day activities in the formation replaced the late Lieutenant Colonel Patrick R Munyanduki. Major T Ponde is now the general staff officer grade two. Major Dhliwayo is now the Administrative Staff Officer grade two and Major T S Hlatshwayo is Quartermaster Staff Officer Grade two. Commandants of the schools are Lieutenant Colonel Thompson Mkhwananzi the commandant RTD, Commandant School of Signals Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Mabaya, Commandant School of Music Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Mhlanga, Commandant Medical Training School, Lieutenant Colonel Trouble Chido, Commandant School of Military Police Lieutenant Colonel Magura and Commandant Zimbabwe School of Infantry Lieutenant Colonel Masaka and Commandant Ordnance and Transport Training School Lieutenant Colonel Bigboy Singo, just to mention but a few.